Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

CFA Days 2012

Join us for New York City's College of Fine Arts Days 2012, an extended weekend of art, education, networking and community in the Big Apple!

Experience Carnegie Mellon's best and New York's brightest in a feast for the artistic senses spanning our five disciplines - architecture, art, design, drama and music. Register for individual events or enjoy all of them.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 31st
11:45 am
Tour begins at noon.
The Whitney will not admit late-comers to group tours.
2012 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art 
945 Madison Avenue at 75th St.
Subway: No. 6 to 77th St. 

John Carson, Head of the School of Art, and a Whitney Museum tour guide will lead our group through the Whitney Biennial during its first month open. Gauging the current state of contemporary art in America, the 2012 Biennial comprises the work of both emerging and established artists, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations. In addition to visual artists, the exhibition includes a select group of filmmakers, choreographers, musicians, and playwrights. Curated by Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman, and Jay Sanders.

Registration required, $18 per person (discounted group rate.) Whitney Members should call 412-268-4849 to register for this event.
Sunday, April 1st
11 am-12:30 pm The High Line Walking Tour
The High Line Park
Meet at southwest corner of 10th Ave. & 30th St. - look of the CMU sign!
Subway: No. 1, 2, 3, or A, C, E to 34th St./Penn Station

Join John Carson, Head of the School of Art, and Mary-Lou Arscott, Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture, for their lively guided tour of public art and architecture along the High Line. The park is fully wheelchair accessible.

Registration required, $5 per person.
1 pm Newsies the Musical
Nederlander Theatre Address:
208 West 41st St.
Subway: Multiple trains to 42nd St./Times Square

Join us for Disney's Newsies the Musical in its opening week! This new show will be on Broadway for a limited run, so plan to join fellow CMU alumni and friends for a matinee performance followed by a private talk-back with Newsies star Kara Lindsay (Drama'07) and Head of the School of Drama, Peter Cooke.

EXTRA! EXTRA! The Reviews Are In!
"Rousing songs by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, high-energy dance numbers, an appealing cast and an uplifting story make this reconceived version of the Christian Bale movie one of Disney Theatrical's most entertaining new properties in years." - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"There are lots of musicals that inspire and stimulate. Only one makes you want to rush outside to buy a newspaper…” - The Associated Press

"Newspapers and unions haven't had much to sing and dance about for a long time. And families with tweens haven't had a worthwhile Broadway destination for, well, not quite as long. But here comes "Newsies," the old-fashioned, by-the-numbers yet enjoyable Disney musical about the real 1899 newsboy strike that helped spark the cry for child labor laws."
- Newsday

Registration required, $100 per person. Seating is in the mezzanine and will be determined on a first-come basis. We are unable to offer refunds for tickets purchased for this event.
Monday, April 2
7 pm School of Music Centennial Concert
Carnegie Hall
57th St. & 7th Ave.
Subway: F to 57th St., or N, Q, R to 57th St./7th Ave., or B, D, E to 7th Ave., or No. 1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle

A spectacular gala concert event, coupled with the 100-year celebration of the founding of the School of Music, will bring together one of the largest groups of the School's world-class alumni ever assembled for the School of Music Centennial Concert. Among the outstanding performers will be alumni who have been featured at The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and in productions of: Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, and Jersey Boys. Adding to the evening's delight will be - tomorrow's stars - the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir, and Repertory Chorus, with a total of 150 current students performing. Additional information and online registration is available at the School of Music Centennial website.

These concerts will showcase School of Music alumni, guests and students representing six decades, along with the world-class Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs under the direction of Ronald Zollman and Robert Page. Manu Narayan (A'96), screen actor/vocalist, will be the Master of Ceremonies. The following performers are playing integral roles in the program:

  • Brice Andrus, principal horn: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 
  • Jeffrey Behrens (A'03), tenor: performed with The Metropolitan Opera 
  • Liam Bonner (A'03), baritone: performed with The Metropolitan Opera 
  • William Caballero (CMU faculty member), principal horn: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
  • Dale Clevenger (A'62), principal horn: Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
  • Graham Fenton (A'05), tenor: Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys 
  • Christiane Noll (A'90), soprano: Tony Award nominee for Mother in Ragtime 
  • Peter Rubins (A'86), principal horn: San Antonio Opera 
  • Emma Steele (A'12), violin: Sibelius International Violin Competition finalist and student of Cyrus Forough 
  • Lisa Vroman (A'81), soprano: Theatre Critic's Award winner for Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera 
  • Howard Wall (A'72), horn: New York Philharmonic

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All alumni are welcome to join us for this special celebration and are alotted two free tickets for the event. Registration for these tickets and for additional events, including the post concert reception for SoM alumni and the patron's dinner, may also be purchased online.
Tuesday, April 3rd
7:30-9:30 pm Pinburgh and PigPen
Cinema Village Theater
22 East 12th St.
Subway: No. 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to 14th St./Union Square

Join fellow alumni and School of Architecture Professor Doug Cooper (A'70) for a screening and discussion of his short films, including his award-winning Pinburgh. A collaboration that could only come from the College of Fine Arts, Pinburgh features the Pigpen Theatre Company, formed by School of Drama alumni and winner for "overall excellence" at the 2011 New York Fringe festival. Meet Doug and watch the troupe perform original work following the screening.

Registration required, $10 per person. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, April 4th
4:30-6 pm The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011
The Museum of the City of New York 
1220 5th Ave. & 103rd St.
Subway: No. 6 Lexington Ave. train to 103rd St., or No. 2 or No. 3 to Central Park North/110th St.

Head of the School of Architecture, Stephen Lee (A'77), and the exhibition curator will lead a tour and discussion of The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011. This exhibition features an original hand-drawn map of New York's planned streets and avenues, as well as other rare photographs and prints. The exhibition examines the grid's initial design, implementation, and evolution. Professor Steve Lee will explore Manhattan's foundational act of city planning and the enduring influence of the famous 1811 plan's grid, which has become a defining feature of the city, shaping its institutions and public life.

Registration required, $15 per person(discounted group rate).
6:30 pm  Architecture Alumni Reception
Sarabeth's restaurant in the Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue between 92nd & 93rd

School of Architecture alumni are invited to join us for a reception following the tour of "The Greatest Grid." Join us for the preceding tour or meet us here. Either way, we can’t wait to see you!.

Registration required, no event fee.

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